May 28, 2015

Hana Yori Dango

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Tsukushi Makino, a working-class girl, attends an elite elevator school called Eitoku Academy, populated by children from rich, high-society families. She is the “weed” of the school surrounded by all the rich kids including the “Flower” Four (F4). The F4 leader and son of the wealthiest, most powerful family in Japan, Tsukasa Domyoji, takes an interest in Tsukushi, because she is the only girl at Eitoku who doesn’t fawn over him. However, his hot-headed nature and bullying ways are originally a major turn-off for Tsukushi, who has her sights set on someone else.

Avelys Rating: 8/10

Avelys Notes: Very addicting series. I think I marathoned this in like two days. Yes, all 37 volumes. I barely ate, drank or slept LOL. The story had a great cast of characters that I feel were extremely fleshed out. All went through great character development. Even our stubborn heroine. Makino is one of my favorite shoujo MCs. She is courageous and is ready to fight anybody who bullying her peers or friends. She takes no BS from nobody, which is a very admirable quality–especially in shoujo. She falls in love and learns what it means to love someone. Her feelings mix her up and she tries to sort them out. Facing the cold hard truth: Why can’t I choose who I fall in love with? I was surprised, I admit, at who she ended up with. I didn’t think in the least it would be the case so it was interesting falling in love with him just as Makino was. This is a long series so it has the curse of really dragging things out–to the point where you get a little impatient. But despite that, you keep reading because you hope you’ll have a satisfying ending. I’m sorry to tell you: the ending isn’t good. I was kind of in despair after that. I thought we’d have a grand finale (Ouran Host Club style!) but yeah… I guess my expectation was too high. If it wasn’t for the anti-climactic ending, I would’ve probably given it a 9. The anime ending is better than the manga ending (and that ending was totally made up). Both the J-drama and anime are great adaptations. I think the manga is amazing on it’s own, as there are a lot of things taken out in the adaptations (obviously since it’s so long). Anyways, I recommend this if you like reverse harem, strong female protagonist and you don’t mind binge reading a ridiculous amount of chapters.

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